The Ultimate Arizona Bucket List: Part 1 Outdoor Advetures

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With a lot of help, recommendations and personal experiences I bring you The Ultimate Arizona Bucket List. I am breaking the series into 3 parts because there is just so much!

Outdoor Adventures – Food – Entertainment 

I hope y’all can benefit from this and if you have any additions/changes please let me know so that we can all enjoy the great state of Arizona to its fullest!


Outdoor Adventures

*part 1 includes hikes (by city), races & water activities*

OUTDOORS & HIKING

Camp Verde:
Fossil Creek – Strawberry (between Camp Verde & Payson)
Montezuma Castle
West Clear Creek

Flagstaff:
Lava Tubes
Lake Mary
Lowell Observatory (not outside)
Mt. Humphrey
Sunset Crater

Grand Canyon:
Havasupi – Havasu Falls
River Raft the Colorado River
Skywalk

Mesa:
Coons Bluff – rappelling
Salt River Tubing

Page:
Antelope Canyon
Hoover Dam
Horseshoe Bend
Lake Powell

Payson:
Fossil Creek – Strawberry (between Camp Verde & Payson)
Tonto Natural Bridge
Water Wheel

Phoenix Valley:
Camelback Mountain: Echo & Cholla Trails
Estrella Mountains
Hole in the Rock & Papago Park
Lake Pleasant – Peoria
Pinnacle Peak – Scottsdale
Salt River Tubing & Paddleboarding – Mesa
Salt River Canyon Scenic Drive – Globe
Thunderbird Mountain – Glendale
White Tanks Mountains – Surprise

Sedona:
Devil’s Bridge
Jeep Tour
Slide Rock

Tucson:
Chiricahua National Monument
Mt. Lemon
Saguaro National Park
Wonderland of Rock

Other:
Tubac, AZ
Kartchner Caverns – Benson
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Tumacacori National Historical Park
White House Ruins at Canyon de Chelly
Flat Iron Loop Gold Canyon by Apache Junction
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Petrified Forest National Park – Holbrook
Salome Jugs
Vulture Peak – Wickenburg

RACES

The Color Run (January)
Phoenix Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k – Boston Qualifier (February)
Ragnar Del Sol (February)
Vacation Races Grand Canyon Half Marathon (March)
Bubble Run (April)
Vacation Races Lake Powell Half Marathon (October)
Questival by Cotopaxi (November)
see more here

WATER ACTIVITIES

Lake Havasu & London Bridge
Fossil Creek – Strawberry
Lake Pleasant – Peoria
Lake Mary – Flagstaff
Lake Powell – Page
Slide Rock – Sedona
West Clear Creek – Camp Verde
Salt River Tubing – Mesa
Water Wheel – Payson
Surprise Pool
Wet N Wild
Foothills Aquatic Center
Hubbard Swim Schools
Sunrise Mountain Pool

Splash Pads:
Pioneer Park
Tempe Beach Park
Phoenix Zoo – Leapin’ Lagoon
Goodyear Community Park
Kierland Commons
Scottsdale Quarter
Marley Park – Surprise
Rio Vista Park
Westgate
Desert Ridge Marketplace
Pioneer Park
Riverview Park – Mesa

enjoy, xoxo

Dear Sunday

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Dear Sunday: Thank you for coming quickly and giving me a pat on the back.

Dear Arizona: I am sorry when I complained that it was cold…I take it back.

Dear Dogs: I love that you like to cuddle on the bed but please stop kicking me all night long.

Dear Grocery Store: I promise to visit soon.

Dear School: You are killing me slowly…

Dear California: Thanks for being a true friend.

Dear Podcasts: Thank you for keeping me sane on my commute.

Dear Backyard: Get used to the weeds; they aren’t leaving.

Dear Pure Barre Challenge: We’ve got this!

Dear Husband: I’m sorry for what I said when I was hungry.

xoxo

Live Free and Don’t Die

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T-shirts: The Home T  c/o

I surprised Mr. Smith last weekend with an adventure of a lifetime… SKYDIVING! It was my second time; I went first with my Dad for our daddy/daughter bucket list about 4 years ago. I just knew that the Hubs was going to love it and scream just as loud as I would.

Unfortunately, I was the only one screaming and these crazy boys belly laughed at me till they cried. Apparently, Tim (the one that looks thrilled to be with me) has had over 16,000 dives and was on the world skydiving team, (WHAT!) He thought it would be HIL-arious to hang me out of the plane for a good 15 seconds while I screamed bloody murder. Did I lose my voice the rest of the weekend, no (shakes head yes).

My plan was to shake some adventurous spirit out of Cam.  Free his system of the need for danger if you will.  Live on the edge just a bit. Well the plan backfired. Now he wants to get his skydiving license and enroll to base jump and use squirrel suits. Oh lordy what have I created!? Hopefully we get good life insurance… (I joke, I joke) hashtag thegoodwife :)

xoxo

Devil’s Bridge – Sedona, AZ

 

 

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(Mr. Smith) Top: Home T | Pants: Columbia | Shoes: Asics 

This weekend we took advantage of the amazing weather and drove up to Sedona, Arizona. One of our favorite ways to get away from the stress of life is to find beauty in nature. I love sleeping in a tent outside under the stars away from the city lights.  I enjoy taking a big deep breath of fresh air and most importantly away from technology and lists. It is easy for me to get wrapped up in our growing to-do lists and feel the anxiety of life. Sedona is gorgeous and if you get the opportunity to visit take advantage of it!

We went to hike Devil’s Bridge and took a 2 mile hike up to the site and then came the adventure. (side note, if you take your dogs, make sure they are well trained for some steep climbs towards the last .1 miles of the hike; our dogs did great but they hike often with us. Lot’s of other people couldn’t get their dogs up the cliff) When we were hiking back down to the car we must of taken a wrong turn at the end of the trail and added a good 4-5 miles to our return trip.  We didn’t recognize the scenery and we sat to check the map. As Cam was looking around, I saw a back of 5 or so coyotes running toward us. We usually let the dogs off leash to hike and we grabbed them close to put their leashes on. The coyotes saw us and stopped then quickly turned and went the other way. AGHH I was so scared! We decided to go back to a fork in the road and ran into another couple. We asked if we could tag along and once back to a different parking lot they drove us around the bend of the trail to our car. I am so thankful for meeting those sweet strangers and that they were willing to help us out! Overall, it was an amazing trip and I can’t wait to go back soon for a new (and safe) adventure :)

xoxo

The Wild Life

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First off, I am in love with my new Express shirt so much so that I wore it two weekends in a row! But who cares, right :) Now if you need to know one thing about me is that I seriously GEEK out over animals. It doesn’t even matter what kind, I just want them all! So, hubs took me to the World Wildlife Zoo that is 10 minutes from our house. I can’t even explain how excited I was to find this living Africa in the middle of nowhere Arizona :) This happy girl was thrilled when a beautiful giraffe walked over and leaned down to lick my hand. I was like a little kid on Christmas! I also tried this three part pony tail to add some length to my hair since I am in the awkward phase of growing it back out and I loved how it turned out, apparently the little parrot above liked it too (:

Hope you have a wonderful weekend

xoxo

>>My Blog-ings

Making : halloween sugar cookies
Cooking : broccoli curry chicken
Drinking : lots of water (post half marathon)
Reading: jodi picoult books
Wanting: a new dress from asos
Looking: at weekend pictures
Playing: with my hair
Wasting: time not sleeping
Sewing: are you kidding me?! haha
Wishing: two weeks would go by fast
Enjoying: watching my dog sleep next to my feet
Waiting: for mr. smith to finish his dental paper
Liking: the cool night breeze
Wondering: if i am living life to the fullest
Loving: my soft mustard blanket
Hoping: i can walk tomorrow (again, post marathon^)
Marvelling: at the support for the think pink project this next weekend
Needing: something sweet to eat
Smelling: my pumpkin spice candle
Wearing: not much :/
Following: too many people on instagram
Noticing: i need a pedicure
Knowing: too little
Thinking: about family
Feeling: cozy
Bookmarking: that asos dress!
Opening: pages on young women’s lessons
Giggling: at duke now licking my toes
Feeling: inspired to be myself

Loved this exercise that is on Pip’s Blog that I also copied from Lace.   It was fun to write down the first thing that popped into my head.  Usually, it’s hard for me to focus my thoughts and not think to much but I guess I am so tired from this weekend that it just worked.  Go try it yourself and comment when you do so I can read your blog-ings!